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NCMC reviews situation of blockage on Phuktal River in J&K

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New Delhi: The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) today reviewed the situation arising out of the blockage of Phuktal river due to a massive landslide in Kargil of Jammu and Kashmir. The NCMC, headed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, has approved an action plan to manually create a channel in the blockage to drain out accumulated water from the lake in a regulated manner.

This task will involve integrated efforts from various agencies of central and state governments including Army, Air Force, Border Roads Organisation, Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment, National Hydro Power Corporation, Central Water Commission, Survey of India and Central Institute for Mining and Fuel Research, an official release said. The execution of the action plan envisages snow clearance of over 40 km of road from Padum to Morne, trekking for about 43 km from Morne to the site of landslide, air dropping of men and material, manually digging of channel, etc, and this may take about 30 days.

The action plan also includes communication strategy and installation of gauging stations to monitor the water level in the river. The state government has also prepared a rehabilitation plan to ensure safety of life and property of the inhabitants, the release said.